Into The Black: Peter Hujar’s “Speed Of Life”
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Into The Black: Peter Hujar’s “Speed Of Life”

“Maybe I can’t find you, Peter,” darkly exclaims David Wojnarowicz, walking through a cemetery in his essay “Living Close To The Knives” (100). While detailing his harrowing and nerve-wracking attempt to find the grave of photographer Peter Hujar, who Wojnarowicz later describes as “my friend…my brother my father my emotional link to the world,” Wojnarowicz’s … Continue reading

Laugh And You Are Free: The Ridiculous Theater Of Jackie Curtis And Ethyl Eichelberger
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Laugh And You Are Free: The Ridiculous Theater Of Jackie Curtis And Ethyl Eichelberger

Finishing his manifesto with a rallying battle cry for the absurd or, as he describes, “instructions for use,” Theatre of the Ridiculous auteur Charles Ludlam writes, “This is farce not Sunday school. Illustrate hedonistic calculus. Test out a dangerous idea, a theme that threatens to destroy one’s whole value system. Treat the material in a … Continue reading

Different Within Difference: Honoring Our Genderqueer Role Models At Hilton Als’ ‘One Man Show: Holly, Candy, Bobbie and the Rest’
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Different Within Difference: Honoring Our Genderqueer Role Models At Hilton Als’ ‘One Man Show: Holly, Candy, Bobbie and the Rest’

In his book Role Models, our preeminent filth elder John Waters writes, “Explain what? A role model? Someone who has led a life even more explosive than mine, a person whose exaggerated fame or notoriety has made him or her somehow smarter and more glamorous than I could ever be? A personality frozen in an … Continue reading

Good Night, Sweet Campy Prince: A Belated (Mostly) Video Tribute To Taylor Mead
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Good Night, Sweet Campy Prince: A Belated (Mostly) Video Tribute To Taylor Mead

Sitting in the MoMA sculpture garden on Monday watching poet, actor and Warhol superstar Taylor Mead jiggle his ass in Warhol’s aptly titled film Taylor Mead’s Ass, which was shown in conjunction with Dirty Looks: On Location and Dirty Looks at MoMA: Mining The Collection, I realized that I will really miss Mead who passed away in May. Continue reading